THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun11

Boys Toys, Chelmsford, June 15th

Why are you running about trying to get your father a present for this Sunday? Don’t work so hard! Get him a ticket to Boys Toys at Hylands Park instead…

Though lower down this post we offer a few other ideas… tools. BBQ stuff. World Cup bunting to decorate your garden… all the cliches. Having said that, some tools are great, like this one Okatsune 217 Hedge Shears

Boys Toys 2014 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford might not seem like Modern Mint’s normal modus operandi – we normally eschew extreme stunts, helicopter flights and monster truck rides for a gentler way of life.

But now and again you need the contrast. So bring on the power!

Starts at 11am, Spitfire MK XI and Hawker Hurricane arrive at 1, they will be worth the entrance fee alone. What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

Of course, if that doesn’t do it for you… because your father prefers gardening to cars (or you just can’t make it to Chelmsford…)

Here are a few more ideas for presents this Father’s day:

And now for some tools!

and the best power tools of them all…

Enjoy! Happy shopping!

Mar19

Wasting Water

Well worth a read in the BBC today – a note on how wasting water in the UK “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby.” Read the report here. I have written a talk about how we use water in the  garden. It was written when I moved from Hampshire to Essex and found out for myself just how dry this area of the UK is. It completely changed the way I garden. The lack of such a precious resource as water made me question what we can do to save it, store it and …

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Mar14

The Foie Gras That Tastes Like Nature

Ethical Foie Gras? Is That A Real Thing?   Foie gras – can it be ‘grown’ ethically? The video showing how this farmer works suggests it can… We first read about this in a book called The Third Plate by Dan Barber. I loved it and I love how Eduardo the farmer, who farms on the Dehesa in Spain, has a ‘take half leave half rule’. When talking about how the geese eat his olives… “They’re always quite fair. If you make sure the geese are relaxed and happy, you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fatty livers. That is God’s …

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Mar04

Hardy Orchids Via James Wong

Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian! Read the article about hardy orchids here. I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather. (This insane weather! From the hottest days of February on record to Storm Freya, all within a week. Weather is always such a factor in gardening, but …

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